The best way to keep your carpet looking its best for as long as possible is to have it cleaned before it starts to look dirty and worn. If the carpet becomes excessively soiled, the fibers can prematurely break, which shortens the lifespan of the carpet. To determine how frequently to clean your carpets there are a few things to consider about your lifestyle as well as your carpet. As a general rule, its best to hire a carpet cleaning professional to clean the carpet about every 12-18 months, but to ensure your carpeting stays in the best condition, you should take the following into consideration when determining how frequently to get it cleaned.
How Many People Live in the Home?
A big family can mean a warm, happy home, but it can also mean a lot of messes. More people mean more dirt and more spills. If you have two or more children at home, it’s typically recommended that you have the carpets cleaned about every nine months. With a large family, it’s often best to schedule carpet cleaning around the beginning of the school year to be prepared for the extra mess of winter weather and to remove the buildup from over the spring and summer. If there are one or two people living in your home, you should only need professional carpet cleaning about every 12-18 months.
Do You Have Pets?
Your pets are a part of the family, but just like children, they can be messy. If you have one or more furry family members in your home, it’s best to have the carpets professionally cleaned about every 6-9 months. If you are potty training a puppy or have an older pet that has frequent accidents, you should have the carpet cleaned more frequently. When you have pets, more carpet cleaning is often required because they shed dander, hair and dirt into the fibers of the carpet, which may weaken the fibers. It’s also recommended that you vacuum 2-3 times a week to help lengthen the time between cleanings.
If you recently installed new carpet, it may have come with a warranty, which often comes with instructions regarding carpet cleaning. As a general rule, most warranties require carpets be professional cleaned once a year. However, manufacture warranties vary so make sure to carefully review your warranty before having the carpets cleaned.